Defending the Central Role of the Heart in Value-Ception

Peter H. Spader

in Scheler's Ethical Personalism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780823221776
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235629 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Defending the Central Role of the Heart in Value-Ception

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In this chapter Scheler’s claim that it is the heart and not the head that gives us values is defended. Even some phenomenologists and those who appreciate Scheler’s contribution to the phenomenology of values have given their own reasons in defence. The success of Scheler’s ethics depends not only on our ability to show both the possibilities on how we can grow morally but how we must also have sufficient access to the hierarchy of values. It is through special acts of feeling that we can have this access, we must always remind ourselves that Scheler’s vision of feelings is very complex and for him there are distinct levels as well. Scheler’s claims that “feeling” gives us an autonomous intentional access to the values that are the bases of moral decisions. For Scheler, moral values differ from all other values and it goes along with realization.

Keywords: heart; head; phenomenologist; phenomenology; values; hierarchy

Chapter.  7164 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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